North Korea in Transition: From Dictatorship to Dynasty

North Korea in Transition: From Dictatorship to Dynasty

North Korea in Transition: From Dictatorship to Dynasty

North Korea in Transition: From Dictatorship to Dynasty

Synopsis

"This is one of the most carefully researched and thoughtful accounts of political life in North Korea yet written. There is a particularly good section on the dynastic succession: Kim Il-song's efforts to elevate his son Kim Chong-il to the position of future Great Leader." Foreign Affairs

Excerpt

Karl Marx, the intellectual father of modern communism, died a century ago, and it is just as well that he is not alive to see what happened to his ideas in the lands that pay them lip service.

Since shortly after Marx's death, self-avowed followers of his teachings have been on the march all over the world. In practically no case, however, did history follow Marx's battle plan. The international Communist movement of the present century has established an important precedent that has contradicted some fundamental tenets of Marx's prescriptions and forecasts: instead of taking root in advanced industrial capitalist societies, Marxism has tended to thrive in countries that are economically underdeveloped, socially decaying, and often in or near a state of internal turmoil.

Marx felt that the world proletariat would be victorious against the capitalist enemies only through unity; yet world communism today is more fragmented than ever before in its history. His self- professed disciples are so antagonistic, so split over questions of ideology and other matters. Rival Communists have not only denounced each other for various revisionist and schismatic sins, but they have also gone to war. For example, China and the Soviet Union fought a border war in March-April 1969. Almost ten years later, China invaded Vietnam to "teach it a lesson" for Hanoi's attempt to subjugate Communist Kampuchea. China is currently assisting the Islamic Mujaheddin guerrillas who are fighting against the Soviet occupation forces and the Kremlin's puppet Communist regime in Afghanistan.

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